[UPDATE: Sunday night, the Southern Conference announced the tee times for Monday's 2nd round will be delayed by one hour due to concerns over inclement weather. Monday morning, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for Beaufort County, S.C., to be in effect until 4:00 pm EDT.]
HILTON HEAD, S.C. (April 15, 2018) -- The ETSU women’s golf team stands in 5th place after the first round of the Southern Conference Championships on Sunday in Hilton Head, S.C.
The Bucs’ 323 team score has them in the thick of a tightly-packed middle tier in the nine-team field. Only 11 shots separate 4th-place Samford from 7th-place Wofford with two rounds left to play.
ETSU ended Sunday in 3rd place in par-4 scoring (4.33/+13), tied for 4th in birdies (6) and in 4th on par-5s (5.44/+7).
Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia) rallied to lead the Bucs with a 78, on a partly sunny, 72-degree day at the par-72, 6105-yard Moss Creek Golf Club South Course. The junior was 1-under after the first four holes before a rough patch but settled in down the stretch and went 1-under over her last seven holes. She’s in a five-way tie for 10th on the leaderboard.
Loy tied for the lead in par-4 scoring (3.90), tied for 3rd in birdies (3), and tied for 8th on par-5s (5.25)
Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore, India) – who earned All-Freshman honors at this tournament last year – carded a 79 that puts her in a four-way tie for 15th in the individual standings. She went even par on par-5s, tying her for 6th-best out of 44 players on the day.
Freshman Tereza Melecka (Belcovice, Czech Republic) put up an 81 that has her tied for 21st on the leaderboard. She tied for 8th in par-3 scoring at 3.25.
Freshman Kornbongkoat Sararat (Nongkhai, Thailand) carded an 85 to leave her tied for 30th place.
Furman leads the team standings at 301, six shots ahead of Mercer and seven better than Chattanooga. Payton Schanen of Mercer tops the leaderboard after a 75, one stroke up on Natalie Srinivasan of Furman and two ahead of the Paladins’ Reona Hirai and Jacqueline Bendrick.
The Bucs tee off Round 2 at 8:50 am Monday.
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